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  • Aseman Airlines flight 'carrying 66 people' crashes in Iran after disappearing from flight radar

     

     The ATR 72 plane attempted to make an emergency landing on a pasture and vanished from radar about 20 minutes after take-off.

    An Aseman Airlines flight carrying dozens of passengers from Tehran to Yasuj in Iran has crashed in a mountainous area, according to reports.

    There were anywhere from 60 to 100 people on board the domestic flight, media in Iran are reporting.

    Witnesses told local media that it appeared the plane was trying to make an emergency landing on a pasture when it crashed.

    A crash site was found near Semirom in Iran's central Isfahan province.

    Rescue teams have been sent to the scene to search for survivors.

    However the effort is being hampered due to the remote location of the crash site.

    Reports stated that it was impossible to send ambulances directly to the site because it was in a mountainous area.

    There were conflicting reports on the number of passengers and crew on board, with some media putting the total at about 60 and others at 100.

    Aseman Airlines is the third largest carrier in Iran and is based in the capital Tehran.

    We'll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story.

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  • Valentine Week List 2018 - Valentine's Day, Dates, Schedule

    Valentine's Day is celebrated as the day of love every year on February 14. It is a day when people tell their loved ones - boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, wives, friends and family - how much they mean to them. While Valentine's Day itself is celebrated with chocolates, candies, flowers and heart-shaped gifts, the week leading up to it is also celebrated as the week of love. It is a time when love is all around. People celebrate Valentine's Week by marking each day with a special significance. Starting on February 7 with Rose Day, Valentine's Week finally ends on February 14, with Valentine's Day.

    Here are the days of Valentine's Week and what each day signifies:


    Rose Day - February 7
     

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    This year, Rose Day will fall on a Wednesday. On Rose Day, people gift roses to their loved ones as a symbol of their love. While red roses are traditionally associated with romance, yellow roses are given to friends.

    Propose Day - February 8

    What better day to tell your crush how much you like them? Propose Day - the second day of Valentine Week - is the day when people express their feelings for their loved ones. This year, it will fall on a Thursday.


    Chocolate Day - February 9
     

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    As the name suggests, the third day of the week leading up to the festival of love is dedicated to chocolates. Chocolates and candies are age-old gifts for first dates, anniversaries, weddings and more. So this Friday, let your loved ones know how much you care for them with chocolates.

    Teddy Day - February 10

    An adorable teddy bear is the cutest way to let your significant other know how much they mean to you! Do it this Saturday and see the huge smile on their face.

    Promise Day - February 11
     

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    The day you make meaningful promises to your loved ones. Here are some promises that you can make for a lasting relationship.

    Hug Day - February 12

    Sometimes a hug will say what words can't. Go ahead and make sure you hug your friends, parents and loved ones this February 12.

    Kiss Day - February 13
     

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    The day just before Valentine's Day is celebrated as Kiss Day. A kiss represents love, affection and respect. Here is all you need to know about Kiss Day.

    Valentine's Day - February 14

    The most-awaited day of February! Valentine's Day is celebrated in honour of Saint Valentine, a 3rd-century Roman saint associated with courtly love. Valentine's Day is dedicated to love and romance. This year, it will fall on a Wednesday.


    We wish you and your loved ones a Happy Valentine's Day!

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  • India should be pro-active: ASEAN

    The bloc sees New Delhi as key to Indo-Pacific region’s peace and prosperity, says MEA

    All leaders at the just concluded ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit had urged India to play a proactive role in the Asia-Pacific region, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said here on Friday.

    In an official statement at the conclusion of two days of diplomatic engagements that included the Summit and the celebrations of the Republic Day where the ten ASEAN leaders were Guests of Honour, Secretary in charge of eastern affairs in the MEA Preeti Saran said, “All the leaders have appreciated India’s role and the bilateral relationship that we enjoy with each one of them and that India has such a positive role in the Indo-Pacific region. They feel that India is a very important component of peace, stability and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region.”

    The official statement complements Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comments that the Indo-Pacific region will be “indispensable” India’s future. In an op-ed article, published on Friday in leading newspapers across ASEAN countries, including the The Straits Times (Singapore), Bangkok Post (Thailand) and Manila Bulletin (Philippines)Mr Modi said, “Indians have always looked East to see the nurturing sunrise and the light of opportunities. Now, as before, the East, or the Indo-Pacific region, will be indispensable to India's future and our common destiny.”

    Growing presence

    The comments from the Prime Minister and the MEA officials are significant as they come just months after India joined the quadrilateral grouping of Australia, Japan and the U.S. for maintaining freedom of navigation in the Asia-Pacific region.

    Ms. Saran, however, declined to elaborate on whether talks on India’s role in the quadrilateral were discussed during the plenary session of the summit. The proposed enlarged Indian engagement in the region is to ensure freedom of navigation in the region’s oceans, MEA officials said, indicating growing concerns over China’s continued build up in the South China Sea.

    During the summit, India announced 1,000 PhD fellowships in the IITs for students from the ASEAN countries.

    New Delhi also announced a dedicated training course in highway engineering, setting up of a virtual network of universities, and pilot projects to set up digital infrastructure at the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit. Further, an ASEAN-India Startup festival will be held later this year.

    The participating countries also agreed to celebrate 2019 as the year of tourism for ASEAN nations, said Ms Saran.

    Apart from countering ‘traditional and non-traditional’ threats to freedom of navigation, India plans to work closely with Malaysia and Indonesia on handling radicalisation. A conference on de-radicalisation will be held soon, said the official.

    “In specific discussions, that our Prime Minister had with the prime ministers of Malaysia and Indonesia, soft and hard aspects of countering terrorism through strict actions and enabling laws (were discussed),” said Ms Saran.

    The India-ASEAN bonhomie will be followed by further diplomacy on Sunday when Delhi will host Cambodian leader Hun Sen for a bilateral vist.

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